Category Archives: Sports

Earlier this morning, Jared and I checked out NFL Pro 2013 [Free]. If you're not in the loop, this is an American football game published by Gameloft. For the most part, it's functionally Madden system-wise. In the game, you pick plays, run them, hope for the best, and then pick some more. Where it differs is in the passing game: for some reason that we can't figure out, passing plays force a first-person perspective. ..

When I was a kid, all we had to entertain ourselves with were 8-bit computers. None of your new fangled on-the-line multi-gamer consoles. Handheld game systems only had blurry black and white screens, but we were thankful for them! Oh yes...

Earlier this afternoon, Eli and I spent some time dribbling down the pitch and shooting touchdowns in NBA 2K13 [$2.99], the follow-up to last year's NBA 2K12. As you'd expect, it's a lot like last year's version of the game, except with updated rosters and some iterative touches that sports-stupid dudes like us aren't really going to notice but are probably still really cool...

In our review of Shufflepuck Cantina [Free], we felt that the game's primary flaw was a brutally steep challenge curve. Many players were likely to give up after a few punishing games, and others would find the high speed on the relatively short table to be impossible to adjust to...

EA’s newest iteration of its soccer franchise, FIFA 13 [$6.99], has hit the App Store to coincide with the release of the console versions today. You might remember we briefly checked out FIFA 13 at E3 this year, and EA showed off even more of the game’s features at their media event last month...

I am the worst at pretending to like sports. I can usually muster up the enthusiasm to cheer on my hockey team when they're in the playoffs, and I watched at least a couple hours of the last winter Olympics here in Vancouver. Summer sports, though? Before this week, the best I could offer was resounding "ugh." ..

The good folks at Agharta Studio have done something completely insane: they released a free-to-play air hockey (holographic mag-lev hockey?) game set in an immersive and silly setting best described as "Star Wars by way of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."..

Far cheaper, less sweaty, and more bizarre than any real-world miniature golf course I've played on, Wonderputt [$0.99 (HD)] is a polymorphic putt-putt painting brought to life by the charming design of Damp Gnat...

'Gasketball' for iPad Review - Shut Up and Jam

'Gasketball' for iPad Review - Shut Up and Jam

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August 8th, 2012 11:04 PM EDT by Brad Nicholson in 4.5 stars, iPad Games, Puzzle, Release, Reviews, Sports, Universal
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An excellent premise is more than enough to carry a game...

Most basketball video games are about the thrill you get from hard-court wizardry -- the feel of sliding between players or setting up the perfect pick, or drilling a shot as a clock winds down or jamming a ball into a shooter's face as he glides to the net. Other basketball games don't do any of this. Like Gasketball, for example...

During the conference crunch of back-to-back E3 and WWDC last month, I’d find myself with a few minutes to kill in-between meetings or demos or whatever. Seeing as the influx of tech-heads at a conference pretty much brings any sort of WiFi connection to its knees, that pretty much limited the kinds of things I could do to pass these moments of downtime...

This is why we love the App Store. The other afternoon, developer Tantrum Solutions shot us a note announcing that it has released a Dennis Rodman video game in 2012. Rodman FT [Free], as it's called, puts you in the shoes of "The Worm," and has you shooting free-throws as fast as possible across four different arenas. Mechanically, it's more similar to one of those physical arcade basketball games than any game-game we've seen...

Fernando Sanchez is Virtua Tennis Challenge’s [$4.99Rafael Nadal doppelgänger. So whimsically named after barely winning out against Brafael Nadalf in an interoffice poll, Bizarro Nadal quickly became my player of choice in the iOS version of Sega’s classic tennis series. Sanchez, like Virtua Tennis Challenge, is a pretty good facsimile of the real thing. He’s fast and has an incredible two-handed backhand, but he’s a facsimile all the same. A half-hearted attempt at greatness, poor Fernando’s Plasticine mullet and vacant zombie eyes are analogous to the lack of care Sega has given this, the newest entry in one of its most revered franchises...

'Score! Classic Goals' Review - World Class

If Flick Kick Football [$1.99] is a swirling Cristiano Ronaldo free kick, then Score! Classic Goals [Free] is a pinball machine Barcelona build-up: mechanical, sometimes even clinical, but with a deep understanding of The Beautiful Game and a potentially spectacular payoff...

Punch Hero's [Free] moment of brilliance occurs when it has you against the ropes. You’ll come to a point during the game’s eighteen-bout arcade mode where progression seems well-nigh impossible. Down to a trickle of health, you will think about throwing the towel in, taking an uppercut to the chin so you can earn some gold and turn the thing off...

Late last week The New York Times published an op-ed debate titled, “Hip, or About to Break a Hip,” a discussion about whether 45 year-old skaters are “embarrassing and risky or inspiring and life-affirming?” Opinions ranged from “inspiring and life-affirming,” to “... do something productive: become an ultimate fighter, get your G.E.D., date an 18-year old.” Um, wow, guys...

Just a quick heads up to let you know that Noodlecake Games has made two of their iOS titles free for a limited time. First up is Lunar Racer [Free], a side-scrolling 2D racer that feels like a mashup of Excitebike and Mario Kart. The physics are crazy, due to being on the Moon and all, and Lunar Racer is a frantic arcade experience due to just how easily the tides can turn during a race...

'AaAaAA! (Force = Mass x Acceleration)' Review - No Broken Bones, No Bragging

Ever been BASE jumping? Yeah, me neither. The closest I've come is with AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! (Force = Mass x Acceleration) [$2.99] by Dejobaan Games and Owlchemy Labs (the folks behind Snuggle Truck [Free]). This is the latest in a series of extreme BASE-jumping titles from Dejobaan, but it's the first to come to iOS. As we mentioned in our preview, it's a somewhat shortened port of AaAaAA! for the Awesome, and it's pretty fantastic...

In mid-December, Mountain Sheep quietly dropped their one-on-one arcade hockey title Ice Rage [99¢] into the App Store. We thought it was a pretty fun little game in our review, but Ice Rage was so severely lacking in content it was kind of hard to know what to make of it. Since its initial release, the developers have been addressing this problem with a decent stream of updates...

So, I have a confession to make. I was prepared to dislike Baseball Superstars 2012 [Free]. You can blame Homerun Battle 2 [$4.99/Lite] for that one, as it had left me deeply distrustful of freemium sports games. Nonetheless, driven by Air Penguin [99¢/Lite] inspired optimism and the extravagant amount of praise that had been lavished over the franchise, I ended up downloading it anyway...

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